I recently took a couple of flights in the P-38 again, and Wow is that plane underrated!
With twin-engines on a boom, there aren’t many airplanes where you can see two propeller engines spinning. And when they throttle up, man is that sound glorious!
The P-38’s got some similar performance to the other WWII fighter, the Spitfire, but has tricycle undercarriage. So, you don’t have to worry about taildragger landings, making it an easier plane to fly.
It also has the vintage fighter cockpit, with a circular yoke - something you definitely don’t see a lot. But you’ll have to get passed the now simple rendering and static instruments.
These planes don’t have autopilot, forcing you to do everything manually. Be mindful of this, as you can’t really pause to do something else once you start flying. However, that makes for a truly pure piloting experience as you get the sense of flying entirely by hand, a rewarding feat derived from knowing you’re in complete control.
Looking over this, the P-38 can be a fun plane to fly and appears to be rather under-appreciated. Have you ever flown this legacy fighter? What are your thoughts on the plane?
View from the cockpit, with the rather outdated graphics. Note the wheel and engine spin.